This film is an official selection of the Sound Unseen 16 Film & Music Festival.
Date: Sun. Nov. 15, 2015
Venue: McNally Smith College of Music
“Made in Japan” is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s ﬁrst female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. Forty years later, Tomi and her husband set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulﬁll a dream of performing at The Opry one more time. "Made in Japan" is a funny yet poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman. (Synopsis provided by SXSW.)
DIR: Josh Bishop, USA & Japan. In Japanese w/English subtitles, 2014, 89 min.
Sponsored by: Cine-O-Matic, McNally Smith College of Music, and Visit Saint Paul